Staying at Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Check-in experience? A sign of good things to come. Millbrook’s reception area has comfy couches, a wood-burning fire, a basket of shiny red apples and friendly, professional staff. To the left is a shop selling top-of-the-line golf gear, local products and Millbrook merch. We’re delivered to our rooms via golf carts, a fine way to get about indeed. I could get used to this.

Room? The resort’s Villa Suite – a luxurious and spacious one-bedroom apartment with a small kitchen, lounge area, gas fire, two televisions (one hidden behind a painting!), an en suite and a private balcony looking out over the fairways of the golf course and the Remarkables.

Price? The Villa Suites are priced from $310 a night. There are cheaper options, including Village Inn rooms which start at $260

Who owns it? The Japan-based Ishii family who bought the property in the late 1980s.

What’s so good about this place? Its location for a start – Millbrook is 20 minutes from Queenstown, 10 minutes from the airport and two minutes from Arrowtown, meaning it’s right in amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the country – not to mention handy to wineries, skifields, and the area’s lakes and rivers.

And the bad? You’ll need to get a cab or the resort’s complimentary shuttle to Arrowtown or Queenstown if you want to explore the townships.

Claim to fame? Probably the award-winning 27-hole golf course, first designed by Bob Charles and later updated by Greg Turner.

The bed? Two Sealy Posturepedic “Celestial” king singles pushed together. Vast and comfortable.

The grounds? Spectacular really. There wouldn’t be many hotels in New Zealand surrounded by such iconic snow-clad mountains.

The bathroom? Almost bigger than my flat at home. There is an enormous standalone bath, separate shower, and twin basins. Oh, and the floor is heated.

Toiletries? French Connection. Divine.

Noise? One of my colleagues was woken by someone upstairs having a bath at 4am, but apart from a few creaks from the wind, I couldn’t hear a thing.

Exercise facilities? Take your pick – as well as the golf course there are three tennis courts (one AstroTurf), bikes for hire, petanque, a fully equipped fitness centre (which offers classes), and a 25m indoor heated swimming pool.

Food and drink? There are four dining options, from the fine-dining Millhouse Restaurant, the casual Hole in One Cafe, Japanese dining at Kobe Cuisine or the Clubhouse for breakfast and special events. If you want to explore the grounds, staff can make you up a picnic hamper.

Perfect for? A romantic weekend getaway or as a luxury base from which to explore the area.

Would I return? In a heartbeat, but I would make sure I had plenty of time to make the most of the resort’s world-class facilities.


NZ Herald



The original settlers, Charles & Elizabeth Simpson came to Kuaotunu in 1890 by boat ,and started farming the area. Kuaotunu is an old gold mining district with a very interesting history. An interesting book ,*This Is Kuaotunu*, written by a member of the Simpson family,some of whom still live here, is available to purchase. Kuaotunu is north facing with a beautiful safe beach, suitable for swimming any time of the day.Off shore are The Mercury Islands, and in the distance you can see Great Barrier Island.

Things to see & do…
•1/2 hour drive to Coromandel Town – Craft shops a plenty
• Driving Creek Railway
• Climb Castle Rock
• Visit Waiau Waterworks
• Take a trip out to the Mussel barges for a unique fishing experience.
• 20 minute drive to Whitianga from where you can visit the famous Hot Water beach & Cathedral Cove.
• Bone Carving (something to take home)
• Amazing boat trips around the coastline
• Kayaking & Scenic flights to mention just a few.
• Great shopping!!!
• Plenty of Restaurants & Cafes.
• Golf Club, Gymnasiums & Rugby in the season.

Whitianga is the fastest growing town on the Coromandel, popular with NZer’s & overseas visitors alike. Always plenty to do or just relax.

Then there’s Matarangi, Kuaotunu,Whangapoua, Opito & Otama.
Beautiful White beaches.
Golf at The Dunes Golf Club, walk around the Bluff Road (you will be blown away,spectcular views).
New Chums Bay, where you will think you are on a desert island. Magic!!
You can dine at Omaras on the golf course, or at Pipers Cafe, or back to The Peachey’s B&B;, for drinks dinner or BBQ, sometimes with family or friends.

You can see why we suggest you stay awhile!



We have 2 spacious rooms available for your comfort.

One King size bed or 2 single beds
One Queen size bed plus another single bed.

Rooms include:

• Ensuites
• Mini bar/ fridge
• Tea and coffee
• Wine and water glasses
• Bath robes
• Lounge area
• Own patio with outdoor furniture & private entrance
• Laundry available, evening meal by arrangement.
• Off street parking
• 100 short metres to beach
Tariffs :
Double NZ $140.00
Single NZ $100.00
Begin each new day with a sumptuous breakfast.

Juice, fresh fruit & preserves, muesli, yoghurt with croissants or muffins tea or coffee.

Dining out:

“LUKES KITCHEN” is easy an walk (500 metres from the B&B; )is where you will enjoy Fabulous Pizzas, home grown music, overlooking beach & fab sunsets. A really unique experience.. or you can drive 15 minutes to Whitianga where there is a number of eating places to choose from.

We will enjoy your company but respect your privacy.
Before you leave us you must try an icecream from The Kuaotunu Store. YUMMY!!!!!!



Just a short drive from Whitianga, you will find us on the Main Highway just over the bridge in Kuaotunu on the left hand side. (Opposite the beach)



Welcome to our piece of paradise – at Kuaotunu, on SH25 between Coromandel Town and Whitianga.(see location map for directions).

Enjoy the ambiance of our new Meditteranean styled home.
We have 2 tastefully decorated bedrooms with super comfortable beds, where you can sleep to the sound of the sea,and breath fresh sea air, just 100 metres from your well appointed room.

Soak up the sunshine on your own patio.
Easy access plus wheel chair friendly.

To enjoy this totally unspoilt scenic paradise, we suggest you plan a longer stopover to experience and explore this beautiful coastline. We have an exceptionally unique part of New Zealand for you to enjoy.

We also have incredible night skies, sunsets and no light pollution.

We want to share them with you!


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Business Mentoring


In recent times, Business Mentoring has been recognized as a significant learning activity not in just business, but also in schools, hospitals, and universities.  The business mentoring has been provided to clarify the negative and positive outcomes of mentoring Programs for mentees, mentors, and business organizations. However, with the business mentoring, there are more chances of obtaining higher occurrences of positive results connected with mentoring Programs.

However, there is adequate evidence that proves that the there are more chances of getting negative results as well connected with the business mentoring. There are several incidents where the mentoring Programs caused negative outcomes, and it caused risk due to lack of training, lack of time,  poor matching of mentees and mentors, and negative attitudes of other individuals.

Getting the adequate business mentoring Program is crucial to get positive results. Several Programs that provide 12 months of one-to-one and private advice for medium or small business owners who are currently trading to develop or they need help to solve certain business challenges.

You can also get business mentors who volunteer to help you as they have the experience and understanding for small business and its changes. These volunteers offer guidance, confront your thinking, behave as a sounding panel, and offers the fresh and independent viewpoint of your business.

Business Mentoring Program: The mentoring Program is created for business people who are looking for guidance, a fresh outlook, or inspiration.  These individual businessmen want some help to market their business and develop it successfully.  They want advice or support to manage particular business disputes. Some businessmen look for a sounding board to help them face the challenges with fresh ideas, and set fresh goals and get success in their business tactics.

Who are the Business Mentors and what role do they execute?

Business mentors are people who are successful and experienced business people who know everything ups and downs in the business, and they exactly know how the business men feel about their business. The volunteer mentors come from a broad range of industry backgrounds, and they can understand the new enthusiasm and business.  Most of these business mentors are committed and passionate individuals who are aspiring to help other businessmen to prosper and develop their business successfully.

Most of these business mentors volunteer to help other business people by taking their time out and participate in a business mentoring relationship by acting as a sounding board, sharing their expertise and knowledge. They understand the bigger picture and help you develop your business, by supporting you in your decision making, and help you to recognize weaknesses and strengths.


All these mentors are referenced and vetted checked before they come into the mentoring Program.  To be in the mentoring position, the mentors must meet the standards of the MAP (Mentor Accreditation Program).

If you are a business owner or if you have involved in any business for several years, then there is a good chance for you to enhance a range of skills and experiences that show the difference in your business and you know how it prospered from starting stage to till date.

Normally, the business capabilities you will obtain through the experience and days of hard work. The strategies and several mistakes that you have made will be realized only if you have some help and that is what you get from the business mentoring Program, which can help you make your business a huge success.


Meth Testing


The real estate sellers, buyers, renters, owners, and associated professional must check thoroughly if the property is contaminated with meth. Meth contamination is a serious problem, and it should get removed immediately.  Many people suffered from meth residue as they avoid to perform the methamphetamine testing before buying or renting the house.

Meth, which is also known as methamphetamine is made in small batches for personal use. People who use meth can easily make small batches inside the cars, motor homes, campers, houses, apartments, motels/hotels, or in any structure. When meth is cooked, it releases dangerous toxic compounds, and it leaves harsh residue behind, which makes the surrounding and the place where the meth was manufactured become a dangerous environment to people or animals that live in that particular place, they suffer from severe health problems.

Most people ignore the fact that even a little smoke can contaminate surfaces if a person smoked the meth once in a small room; it may leave some quantity of toxic residue, which can make people sick.  If a person smoked in a small area like RVs and cars, the meth residue could build up even faster.  According to professionals, the meth residue can cause severe health conditions, and it can cause false positive urine test.

When people cook meth in a house, it leaves the toxic compounds and meth residue behind, and it also depends on the person using the method of cooking meth. During meth manufacturing, different chemical reactions occur, and most of these chemicals are highly toxic, and it can be destructive, and when the residue is disposed of, it can pollute the property. The place where the meth is cooked or manufactured, it can devalue the place at any cost, and it degrades and damages the structure, and it pollutes the surroundings, and it can cause severe health problems to the residents.

There are two major processes to do professional meth testing. In some places, you just want to know if meth residue contaminates the place. Also, you want to know how much residue is present in that particular area and other related information that you need to know. If you want to buy a house, then you should make sure that if there is any meth residue present in that area and the surrounding, which can help you take a wise decision before buying the house.  You can also perform the meth testing with home test kits, but it is advisable to get professional help before you take any decision.

The home test kits offer instant test results, and you don’t need to send the sample to the lab for the results. You can find different of test kits on the market, and the shotgun approach is used to find the meth residue from the areas where the meth was manufactured, collect the samples from the place and add the chemical to the collected sample. If the sample changes the color, then it indicates the presence of methamphetamine, ecstasy, or amphetamine still exists in that particular area.

These test kits are very affordable and offer precise results, but getting a professional help can be the best way to deal this meth residue issue as they can decontaminate the area and eradicate the meth residue.